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John Maldonado

Postdoctoral Research Associate
348.1 Wallace Hall


John Maldonado completed his PhD in the sociology department at Princeton University and is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a current affiliate and former fellow with the Berkman Klein Center for the Study of Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and a former graduate affiliate of the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life at the University of North Carolina. He is currently working on a book project that explores conflicts over the role of science in public life, drawing on various case studies including the early 20th century eugenics movement and the COVID-19 pandemic. More broadly, he is interested in questions of expertise in democratic societies and the sociopolitical impacts of technological innovation.


In addition to research, he is committed to the teaching mission of the university. As a graduate student, he was a teaching fellow with the Princeton University Preparatory Program, which works with local high schools to prepare students for admission into colleges and universities. In addition, he has spent the last three summers working with the Public Policy and International Affairs Program’s Junior Summer Institute, which brings rising college seniors interested in pursuing graduate study in public policy to Princeton for a rigorous six-week program. In addition to advancing the goals of individual students, the program is also designed to diversify the policy realm. In this context, he has taught a policy workshop focused on global systemic risk.